Daley defends CPS 'Green for Grades' program

October 17, 2008 5:06:35 PM PDT
On Friday, Mayor Daley today defended a new program that pays Chicago Public School students for good grades. Under the 'Green for Grades' program, students can earn $20 for a C grade, $35 for each B and $50 for A.

Critics call the program bribery. But the mayor says the idea of rewarding children for good grades goes on all the time in the suburbs.

Daley says life is very different for many less fortunate children in the city.

"That reward is really exciting for them. They've never, ever had anyone. They've never seen a 10 or 20 dollar bill. And so what this does, Arne knows what they're really trying to express to them is you're doing well," said Mayor Daley.

Daley made the remarks at an event highlighting the 'Principal for a Day Program.'